State Driver’s License Policies & DACA

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Overview of State Driver’s License Requirements for Individuals Granted Deferred Action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy

Last updated APRIL 9, 2013

In general, applicants for a driver’s license must provide documents to establish four types of eligibility criteria: a Social Security number (SSN), evidence demonstrating lawful or authorized presence in the U.S., identity, date of birth, and state residency. All states require an SSN, although many allow alternatives, e.g., for those who are ineligible for an SSN. All states require proof of identity, date of birth, and state residency. The definitions of these criteria, the documents needed to satisfy them, and any exceptions or flexibility in meeting the requirements differ from state to state.

The overview table available here (or by clicking on the PDF icon, above) reviews these eligibility requirements as they pertain to individuals granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Since these state policies are evolving, the information in the table is subject to change. Please send any corrections or updates to Tanya Broder, [email protected]

More information about this issue is available in issue briefs titled “Are Individuals Granted Deferred Action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy Eligible for State Driver’s Licenses?” (6/19/13, PDF) and “Access to Driver’s Licenses for Immigrant Youth Granted DACA” (5/31/15).